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What If Luke Became A Jedi & Killed Vader Before Empire's Father Twist?

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The Empire Strikes Back’s Darth Vader plot twist was key to Luke Skywalker’s character arc in the original Star Wars trilogy, but what if he’d killed Vader before learning the truth?

Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, despite having the best intentions in mind, chose to keep Luke and Leia in the dark regarding their father’s true identity, hoping that they’d kill the Sith Lord and help topple the Empire.

While the Empire would likely still fall in this alternate Star Wars trilogy, it would not be Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) who defeats Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid).

Luke Skywalker’s characterization in Return of the Jedi is brilliant both from an in-universe perspective and as a refreshingly different sort of path for a science fantasy protagonist.

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